The 29th Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Was Spooktacular!


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The annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade attracts over 300 creatively-dressed dogs (Credit: James and Karla Murray Photography)

Halloween dog parades, where pooches get to strut around in fun costumes, are a fairly common occurrence during this time of the year. However, very few compare to New York City's Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade, the largest and most popular gathering of its kind. The annual event attracts over 300 pooches and their proud owners, who often dress in coordinated outfits to help their furry, four-legged friends win the coveted Best in Show title.

Little Red Riding Hood" was accompanied by the "Big Bad Wolf" (Credit: James and Karla Murray )

Now celebrating its 29th year, the 2019 competition took place at the East River Park Amphitheater on Sunday, October 20. Hundreds of New Yorkers braved the gloomy weather and light rain to admire the pooches masquerading as politicians, celebrities, fictional book and movie characters, popular foods, and even other animals. Among the most notable were two pooches dressed as Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Their owners joined in the fun by dressing up as popular muppets, Bert and Ernie.

A pooch dressed as American rapper Snoop Dogg was a crowd favorite (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

A four-legged "Snoop Dogg" also made an appearance, complete with the namesake American rapper's iconic gold chain, bandana, and sunglasses. An innocent-looking pooch dressed as Little Red Riding Hood had a fierce "Big Bad Wolf" in tow, while "Toto" was accompanied by his human Wizard of Oz family. A Doberman pinscher "skeleton" and an adorable beagle mix "Jack the Nipper" added to the Halloween spookiness.

Two Yorkshire Terriers masquerading as Snoopy and the Red Baron won 2019 Best in Show (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

The prestigious 2019 Best of Show title, which came with a $500 gift card to Petco, went to two Yorkshire Terriers dressed as the protagonists from Charles Schulz's bestselling graphic novel Snoopy and the Red Baron. The elaborate costume included a doghouse and a model World War I biplane, which took the owner over a month to build.

Second-place winner "Ramen bowl" and his chef (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

A Jack Russell Terrier dressed as a bowl of ramen and his "chef" owner were awarded second place and a $250 gift card to Petco, while a pooch and its owners, portraying characters from the 2019 folk horror movie Midsommar, placed third. Regardless of whether or not they won, the pooches and their owners all had a great time showing off their costumes to the cheering crowds.

A couple and their pooch depicting characters from "Midsommar" won third place (Credit: James and Karla Murray)

Do you plan to dress up your furry four-legged friend this Halloween? If so, be sure to let us know what he/she is going as, by adding your comments below.

Have a Spooktacular Halloween!

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  • prodancer
    prodancerFriday, January 22, 2021 at 9:02 am
    My dog would make a great Batman 😌😌
    • kurz
      kurzFriday, January 22, 2021 at 8:31 am
      • therealsnakes
        therealsnakesMonday, December 7, 2020 at 6:56 am
        That is too cute
        • 100032280
          100032280Friday, November 27, 2020 at 8:11 am
          the dogs are so cute omg i love the ramen one its so cute
          • wolfieland
            wolfielandFriday, November 20, 2020 at 9:08 am
            aww this is adorable!! this is the best parade ever
            • bsc
              bscSaturday, October 31, 2020 at 7:26 am
              So cool! I have a feeling they won't be doing one this year.
              • ashleighlove
                ashleighloveThursday, October 29, 2020 at 10:07 am
                so cute
                • mastho000
                  mastho000Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:26 am
                  im glade it had a 20 miniut vid lol and my spelling is bad sorry
                  • jyroligykunixy
                    jyroligykunixyThursday, November 19, 2020 at 9:17 pm
                    Exactly i like it to be long so i can sit and watch!
                  • braylon
                    braylonWednesday, October 28, 2020 at 7:13 am
                    I like this story cause its so cute also snooooooooooooooopp
                    • jamesianjustin
                      jamesianjustinThursday, October 15, 2020 at 2:20 pm
                      These are nice dogs in New York and I wish I was in New York.